Monday, 3 May 2021

Whitchurch fall agonisingly 3 runs short in thrilling run chase away at Highmoor

 

Match Report
Highmoor v WCC Sunday 2 May

Widespread showers were forecast, and it was chilly for the first 10 overs of Highmoor’s innings who won the toss and chose to bat on a slightly damp wicket -the sun soon came out though and it stayed that way the rest of the afternoon.



Highmoor batted well but Whitchurch-on-Thames’ bowling and fielding was good, and we managed to keep them down to 204/7 off their 35 overs. Nick H, Cormac ,Tommo and Francis deserve special mention for good bowling performances and Jonny G took 2 good catches - special mention also goes to Tommo for throwing himself around in the field and getting 2 injuries ( getting to be a habit this Tommo) - oh I forget to mention Nick Hills catch off a no ball ( don’t worry Nick it’s coming!)
Nick L and Jon S got WCC off to a steady start. But as they accelerated their wickets fell (lovely drive through mid-wicket from Nick L and good hitting from Jon though before they got out) . Bring onto the scene Woody and Sid and this is where it got interesting as powerful blows from Woody (96 no) and elegant stroke play from Sid (42) got us close but after Sid got run out trying to accelerate we were left needing 7 from the final over and with their opening bowler back on and Woody off strike it proved not to be with WCC falling 3 runs short
This was a really competitive game with the oppo fielding at least 8 league players against us and we did great taking the chase to the last over where all 3 results were possible - 2 talking points of the day was the altercation with the oppo captain when a caught behind was not given and the handled the ball dismissal of one of Highmoor’s batters was retracted “in the spirit of Sunday cricket”

Nice beer was had in the Rising Sun in Highmoor afterwards where the oppo were reminded by Corm of Whitchurch’s’ good grace in retracting the handled the ball dismissal! 

Cheers 

Grogie

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Woody and Nick hit brilliant centuries to set a fantastic win on season opener

 A beautiful spring day with full sun and an ambient temperature of 16 Degrees presented itself for the first game of the season after along winter and Covid lockdown.


Whitchurch batted first on a good hard wicket and amassed 260 with both Nick Hill and Woody scoring powerful tons - with all those runs on the board the batters coming in later had fun playing without any caution and a few wickets fell when they had a go in the final few overs.


Peppard and Stoke rows reply never really got going - they lost a wicket in the second over and the only resistance came from Mark their captain who scored a powerful 55. There was a regular clatter of wickets and it became clear after about 15 overs they were struggling with the Whitchurch attack .Tommo bowled very quickly today as did Francis and they were ably supported by Jonny G, Grogie Riyas and Anand. The wickets were shared around, and so happy Sid’s shoulder has got better, and he was able to bowl and took a cheeky wicket with a quicker ball !



A nice beer was shared with the oppo in the Cherry Tree beer garden in Stoke Row - they were a nice bunch of boys.



A great performance today great to get off to a good start at a nice cricket ground with a well-manicured square and it was so great to get out!

Monday, 28 December 2020

Fixtures 2021

Thanks are due to Chris Grogan for putting together the fixtures for 2021, which you can find in the menu above.

Andy

Monday, 28 September 2020

Match Report vs Yeading Regals

27th Sep. 

Another sunny day @ Whitchurch CC but bl**ding cold in the shade!!

Regals - a team who we have never beaten - won the toss and chose to bat, sportingly opening with younger members of their squad. Excellent bowling from Jonny G(3 fer) Riyas, Francis, Tom and Lynn saw oppo reduced to 60 odd for 5 wickets with good catches from Dave, Sid, Francis and a “first class” slip catch from Scooby. Regals rallied with some big hitting from middle order batsmen Billy and “Inty” and managed to get to a respectable 175-7 off their 35 overs. 

Whitchurch got off to a solid start with Jon S and Woody. After Jon and Scooby perished to a low ball and a good catch - the Chapman brothers showed what talent exists in the family. Woody put on another masterclass of “hitting the bad ball” and smashed a superb 112 n.o. ably supported by Tom C with a perfect supporting 34 n.o to see Whitchurch cruise to a comfortable win in 25 overs. A great team performance and shows how far the team has progressed over the summer.

Really good sporting opposition with many staying for a beer and v.keen to play us next year. A great penultimate game where the team again showed what a really good cricket team we are and the fantastic team spirit of the  summer just kept on going....... well done team!

Sid Rashid




Monday, 21 September 2020

Match report v Cholsey Sunday 20 September.

A Beautiful day at Whitchurch CC 25 
Degrees and full sun!

Whitchurch batted first on a slow wicket and very dry wicket that had been used twice before and after a solid opening stand with Jon and Grogie, Woody came in and blew away the Cholsey attack with a magnificent 114 no ably supported by powerful cameos from Tom (my head hurts Chappers) 29 and Scooby 31 no. WCC finished on 238 for 5 off 40 overs
Coldest reply was permeated by the regular loss of wickets and at one stage it looked we would bowl them out for 130 but they steadied and a strong 91 by Warren Ainsworth got them close  - squeeky bum time again! But once he holed out off Grogie - (magnificent high catch by Jonny G) their batters could not keep up with the run rate with them finally falling short by 15 runs. Good bowling and fielding by all and well done Nick H, Francis, jonny G( who took a 3 fer) and Tommo.

Good performance today boyz - a good unit!

Grogie

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Match Report v Peppard and Stoke Row

Wow 😯 what a game today - 25 degrees and full sun and weren't we entertained!!!!

WCC won the toss and batted, and after the loss of 3 early wickets WCC consolidated and a fab elegant anchor role by Sid who got 98 who shared a 130-ish partnership with Nick Hill who got 42. When Nick fell, Tom Chappers came in and treated us to some fab extra cover drives and shots through mid wicket- WCC ended with 248 for 9 off their 40 overs.

Peppard and Stoke Row's reply was measured and they bided their time keeping wickets in the bank; however they were always behind the required run rate - WCC bowled fantastically well - well done Lyn, Tom Francis, Jonny G, Corm’s, Nick H. We had them needing over 20 from 8 balls but their Berks U17 player saw them home with some powerful hitting with 2 balls to spare, hitting an inside out 6 over cover. 

What a close great game - all 3 outcomes were in play in the last 20 mins of the game -it was squeaky bum time. I've played at WCC for nearly 30 years and don’t think I’ve seen 248 chased down at Home!! Nice beers afterwards with a great and strong opposition and we look forward to playing them at theirs next year.

Really good performance today gents. The oppo had a really good team out a mixture of 1st and 2nd, and we’re we’re more than a match for them. On another day we would have closed this out.

Tom was injured taking a high catch which hit him in the face - he is feeling better and hope he’s we’ll enough to play next week! Cheers all and well done - hugely enjoyable day.

Grogie

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Match Report v Farley Hill Sunday 6 September

A sunny 19 C day presented itself as well as a square full of worm casts an hr before the start which Jon Steward quickly sorted and produced a good wicket which the oppo who elected to bat could not take full advantage of due to great bowling by Francis, Riyas, Tom, Jonny and Lyn supported by 2 quality catches by Lyn on the boundary and Jonny G at extra cover- we bowled the oppo out for 149 in 37 overs. Fun highlight was Tom's collision with Lyn in the field in his quest to get the dirtiest whites!

Whitchurch’s reply was solid - after losing 2 early wickets , an unfortunate run out of Jon and Scooby getting bowled by one that nibbled on him on the drive, Sid and Woody put on a 60+ partnership and when woody holed out for a powerful 39 and Nick Leadbeater came in to see the team home inside the 23rd over with Whitchurch winning by 7 wickets. Sid finished with an elegant 62 .Couple of nice beers at the ground after with the really nice oppo. We were really good in the field today boys - thoroughly professional performance

Grogie

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